The Overview Effect




The thing that really surprised me was that Earth projected an air of fragility. And why, I don't know. I don't know to this day. I had a feeling it's tiny, it's shiny, it's beautiful, it's home, and it's fragile.
— Michael Collins, Apollo 11

Every time, I get trapped into the stress of the rat race, I have this habit of unwinding myself uniquely. I assume myself sitting on the moon and witness the speck of Earth in all its glory. It's just an imagination but believe me, it works.


When you realise all those problems lies in that blue dot which is probably the only living miracle in an infinite universe, you just get blown away. It's a feeling which is truly unique, and I can safely presume that I cannot express it in words.


What are we struggling for when this Life in all its glory gets contained in a speck of universe? It's again an interesting perspective on how corona, which is just a fraction of bacteria is making us get to our knees.




Life is a miracle, and it must be felt someway every now and then to celebrate our existence. Overview Effect is just one of the ways to see this miracle.


The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.


It is the experience of seeing first-hand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void", shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.


From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative.


I have no intention of writing more as I know some things must be felt than just said. I have attached here the view of Earth from the international space station. Just take your time and witness the video fully with an open mind. You will feel Life.




Earth - The Pale Blue Dot

Earth, described by scientist Carl Sagan as a "Pale Blue Dot," as seen by Voyager 1 from a distance of more than 6.4 billion km (4 billion mi). Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech


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